SPRINGFIELD…. State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) voted no on the Budget Implementation Bill (BIMP) and the FY 2023 budget, citing a fourth year in a row of Republicans not being involved in the budget process, backroom dealings, and no public review period.
Rep. Marron said, “Unfortunately, the new day in Springfield promised by Speaker Welch continued down the same old path of backroom dealings, Democratic pork projects, and another attempt to provide political budget gimmicks right before the election season.
“The people of Illinois deserve transparency in their state government and budgeting process. The House Republican Caucus proposed dozens of transparency and ethics reforms and many pieces of legislation to tackle the rampant crime epidemic that went ignored by the majority party.
“Even today, we received news of another House Democrat being investigated by the federal government for misusing campaign funds. Allowing this behavior to continue without reforms will continue to this culture of corruption by public officials, tarnishing the people’s trust in this institution.
“The Democrats final budget was not filed and presented to the chamber until 4 a.m. the last night of session after changing multiple times without notice leading up to the vote. This is the fourth year in a row I have seen this important process corrupted by a lack of transparency and good governance.
“The Democrats added $3.6 billion dollars in pork projects exclusively for Democratic legislator’s districts, added a pay raise, removed the fiscal impact notes on all of their bills, and failed to fix the Unemployment Insurance fund that will now fall on the backs of hardworking Illinoisans.
“Millions of Americans made immense sacrifices the past two years getting through the pandemic under the egregious unchecked power of Governor Pritzker. Now, we have a budget that failed to eliminate our liabilities caused by the government shutdowns and will continue to kick the can down the road.
“What we are seeing today is a huge disappointment for many reasons. The process of passing sweeping partisan legislation in the middle of the night away from the people and the press is appalling. There were so many failed promises made by members of the Majority party, and I wonder if we will ever see a new day in Springfield.”